Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao will not hold a one-on-one meeting intended to mend ties at an Asian summit after Chinese anger flared over a dispute in the East China Sea.
China lambasted Japan yesterday for raising the issue of disputed islands and a Japanese cabinet secretary later said Beijing had stopped a meeting between the premiers at the last minute, though its pursuit of strategic and beneficial ties was unchanged.
"I cannot say there won't be any impact [on relations]," said Tetsuro Fukuyama, the Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary. "But what is essential is a calm response."
Ties between China and Japan deteriorated last month with the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain by the Japanese coastguard after their boats collided near the disputed isles.Reuse content